‘China’ Trounces ‘Van Gogh’ at the Met Museum; Norway Gets ‘Giant’ Mural, and More


Met Museum’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” Costume Institute/Asian Art blockbuster trounces its earlier van Gogh and Alexander McQueen exhibitions in terms of visitor numbers—but Mona Lisa and Vatican Art are still ahead. Plus King Tut, of course.

New York dealers Jeffrey Deitch and Tommy Hilfiger, who last teamed up on that Miley Cyrus performance in Miami, will present portraits by street art star Shepard Fairey at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery in London in a show called “Rock Style,” the Art Newspaper reports.

And the Times asks: What does the choice of Frank Stella for the new Whitney‘s first retrospective mean?

Christopher Stout Gallery promises to bring “difficult” art to Bushwick. Oh goodie.

French street artists in Norway paint the world’s biggest mural (at 226,000 square feet, it’s a tenth of the size of the Met). Artnet News has the images.

Sharjah Art Museum in the UAE to take a look at the short-lived European art movement Cobra.

Bloomberg looks inside Michele Maccarone’s long slog out of boutique status.

Radar detects “Stonehenge II” just down the road from real Stonehenge but underground.

Iranian artist serving 12-year sentence for political paintings where leaders were monkeys now faces further charges because, in a display of “indecent conduct,” she shook her attorney’s hand (can’t make it up).

In academic news…well, this is just sad.